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These 5 Western Hotels Offer Slopeside Breakout Sessions, Food Carts and More for Meetings and Events

Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations in these western states: 


Driftwood Capital announced that Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown, Arizona’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel and the first location for the brand in the Southwest, will open its doors early this spring in the heart of downtown Tempe.

The contemporary, full-service hotel will offer a local experience with a boutique feel, bringing 198 guest rooms and suites, along with approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The hotel will feature the East Valley's only full-service rooftop pool and bar on the 14th floor, providing a scenic venue for gathering, tapas-style light bites and a curated local cocktail menu, as well as a signature restaurant on the ground floor.

The hotel is centrally located, just five miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and steps away from some of the area’s shopping centers, culinary offerings, entertainment destinations such as Desert Financial Arena and local landmarks including Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue District and Tempe Beach Park.

Photo: Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown—Lobby Bar

Also in Arizona, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix recently completed a floor-to-rooftop renovation and is ready to introduce guests, business travelers and locals to its all-new look in 2020.

As part of the hotel-wide transformation, Hyatt Regency Phoenix guests can find two new venues and draws onsite, including Barrel & Bushel, a casual American eatery with a street-side patio, and B&B Market, an expansive market offering freshly made hot and cold grab-and-go options, coffee and quick made-to-order fare.

Photo: Hyatt Regency Pheonix—Meeting Room

Fresh features for those looking to host meetings and events include four new meeting rooms among the hotel’s 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space spanning 35 meeting rooms. Hyatt Regency Phoenix’s 15,000-square-foot atrium also features a fresh design. The seven-story atrium is located on the second floor of the hotel and features 14 individual versatile rooms that can be turned into 21 meeting rooms. The hotel’s third-floor rooftop courtyard and pool area also got a makeover, with new pool and lounge furniture and an expansion of the roof’s courtyard for special events of up to 200 guests. 

All 693 guest rooms and suites now have an open-concept design with new flooring, digital artwork, lighting, upgraded furnishings and more.

Photo: Hyatt Regency Pheonix—King Room


Portland is one step closer to opening its first Moxy hotel, the experiential hotel brand from Marriott International. The 197-room Moxy Portland hotel, located on the edge of the Pearl District in the west end of Portland, is expected to open in February 2021.

Design highlights of the 12-story property include a color palette that reflects the local Columbia River Basin basalt stone and large, operable glass walls that connect the interior activity to the urban streetscape. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the end of each corridor frame the long view to Mount Hood, to draw visitors out onto the blocks of downtown Portland.

A unique aspect to the project is Food Cart Alley, a space positioned next to the lobby bar that is designed to incorporate local purveyors into the heart of the hotel, allowing guests convenient access while simultaneously opening up to Alder Street for a seamless connection to traditional customers.

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The 766-room Santa Clara Marriott, situated in the heart of Silicon Valley within walking distance of Levi’s Stadium, announces the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation encompassing remodeled guest rooms and corridors, redesigned public spaces and lobby with the addition of a restaurant and bar, new M Club Lounge, updated meeting spaces and expanded fitness center.

Photo: Santa Clara Marriott—Metting Space

The new look celebrates the spirit of Silicon Valley by merging past and present innovation, agriculture and technology, culminating into a space that evokes Santa Clara’s pioneering spirit. Owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, Santa Clara Marriott features more than 29,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space including 26 event rooms, a California Ballroom with a private entrance, and a Sedona Room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjacent patio.

An ode to Silicon Valley’s start-up state-of-mind, a new art piece made of recycled keyboard letters, numbers and characters greets groups in the ballroom foyer. Helmed by Chef Jason Kina, the new onsite lobby restaurant and bar, Bosc + Bartlett, offers a dining experience that blends California cuisine with exotic Asian flavors in dishes and shareable bites alongside local craft beer and wine. 

Photo: Santa Clara Marriott—rooftop firepit


With the help of Dallas-based firm Premier Project Management, the lobby at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, CO, was completely overhauled to draw inspiration from the destination and welcome meeting goers with a fresh, modern alpine feel.

Photo: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek—Lobby Bar

For meetings and groups, the most notable renovation aspects are: 

  • Reception has been relocated to the center of the lobby for a more intimate, personalized experience
  • Lobby bar has been repositioned, centralized and given a new name—Brass Bear Bar—and features views of the ski resort, flanked by two modern fireplaces
  • More communal space to connect as well as reflect on, and de-brief the day 

Although the lobby is currently in the spotlight, the property also has numerous other venues and gathering spaces ranging from boardrooms to a 20,000-square-foot facility. It’s slopeside location creates opportunities for unique breakout sessions and team building outdoors, such as gondola meetings that grant attendees incredible views, e-bikes and hiking trails for moving meetings, SUP yoga on the pool, guided trail running, aspen glade hikes and garden meditation.

Photo: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek—Fireplace

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Adrian Schley | Contributing Writer

Adrian Schley has been writing for Stamats Business Media since March of 2018. She earned her BA in journalism at the University of Iowa, where she also studied English.